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Vigils I (Veillées I)
by Arthur Rimbaud (1872-75); translated by Helen Rootham (1938).

It is enlightened repose, without fever, without langour, on the bed or in the meadows.

It is the friend neither ardent nor weak. The friend.

It is the loved one neither tormenting nor tormented. The loved on.

Pure air and the world unsought. Life.

——Was it thus?

——And the dream freshens.


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